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Manchester City 2 - Newcastle United 1

FA Premier League

The City of Manchester Stadium


Attendance: 46, 067

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Manchester City
2 - 1
Newcastle United
Tevez 18 pen, A Johnson 75
Gutierrez 24
Venue: The City of Manchester Stadium
Attendance: 46, 067
The Teams
K Toure
Jose Enrique
De Jong
Ben Arfa
Y Toure
Given (GK)
Soderberg (GK)
A Johnson
Santa Cruz
Game Statistics
Goal Attempts
On Target
Yellow Cards
Johnny On The Spot: As City move into second position in the league table ahead of the rags, it seems a little churlish to bemoan a generally poor Blues performance but that's precisely what we got today...With the tools on board to get the job done over a limited but spirited Newcastle side any day of the week, Mancio went with a 4-5-1 and consequently City huffed and puffed clumsily for long periods before sparking into life and increased dominance in the second half...Martin Atkinson ensured that this season's brutal scattergun refereeing standard continued and City will be thankful for his erratic judgement today...Of the players, as ever, Carlos Tevez was electrifying and never stopped taking the game to Newcastle but his persistence which was rewarded by a 34th goal in 48 City starts was in turn pegged back by dreadful performances around him such as that of Joleon Lescott who was frankly abysmal. On paper City's progress continues, but there will be some continual shifting in Blue seats over the side's lack of a more direct, shoot on sight verve or greater urgency.

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday October 3 2010

Time: 4:12PM

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Half decent win against a decent Toon side, never really got out of 2nd gear so to win is a good result. Winning when you have an off day is a good habit to develop.
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03/10/2010 16:22:00

Good win for city...These are the games you must win at home really if you want to challenge for the title, newcaslte gave a good fight though and they were unlucky not to get a clear penalty at the end + your penalty shouldnt have been aloud but from where the ref was standing it may have looked one. All i can say really is adam johnson, what a player...if he doesnt start next game mancini had got the wenger disease.
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03/10/2010 16:37:00

Poor performance, good result. Lady luck it can be argued smiled on us today, but it's about time. Credit Mancini for shaking things up when the game called for it and hats off to Johnson for his superbly taken winner.
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03/10/2010 17:00:00

The player who fouled Tevez went through him to get the ball, so I reckon it was a pretty obvious penalty. Unfortunately for the toon, the ref cocked up the decision when Lescott brought Ameobi down, as I also felt that should have been a penalty. Did nobody but a few of us in the East stand lower notice Barrton elbowing Milner in the face off the ball? The ref and linesman certainly seemed to miss it, just have to hope that it's brought to the attention of the ref so they can take retrospective action. A hard fought win against a much better Newcastle side than I think anybody expected, and I'm sure tired legs on a heavy pitch did not help our cause. Thought Ade looked good when he came on, but Yaya looked knackered from the off. Missed the DeJong tackle on Ben Arfa, but am assured by everyone around me that it was not a foul, despite what several thousand geordies are saying about it. Nonetheless, don't like to see serious injuries to any player, whatever shirt they wear, so Hope Ben Arfa's injury isn't too serious.
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03/10/2010 17:33:00

what a joke fcb you were assured ding dongs tackle wasnt a foul.all this self congratulations with each other is a joke. the tevez foul was outside the box no peualty.ding dongs tackle was a disgrace he should be in a court off law for city must have the most deluded one eyed fans in the country.get that thug sent back to holland.fcb you would be the first one on other teams sites mouthing if someone tackled a city player like that.were you not at the game when you didnt see the tackle.
johnney handsome
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03/10/2010 19:58:00

johnney i agree they are one eyed fans...But i disagree with you on 'de jong' he went for the ball and won it, it's a discrace when karl henry from wolves does the tackles he does and gets away with it, But 'de jong' to be honest won the ball and unfortunately ben arfa's bones were brittle, its a shame he is a fantastic player...The penalty aswell, for 1 it was outside the box and 2 he won the ball, newcastle should of had a penalty also...But its unfair to slate 'de jong'
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03/10/2010 20:33:00

That's another one for the list, we're one eyed now, as well as ruining football, being boring, having a squad full of mercenaries, and a manager doesn't speak to his players. Anything I've missed?
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03/10/2010 21:11:00

johnny handsome, perhaps you should read Chris Huughton's comments about the DeJong tackle (clue - he's the Newcastle United manager in case yo weren't aware). As far as he's concerned, there was no intent in De Jong's tackle, and as it happens, it wasn't even a foul. Ben Arfa was unlucky enough to be caught by De Jong's trailing leg on a very wet and slippery surface. People like you just demonstrate there complete lack of intelligence by regurgitating the claptrap they read in the tabloids, ie that Nigel DeJong is somehow the new Chopper Harris, or dare I say it, Paul Scholes. The man is a hard tackler, but you will rarely see him mistime one, nor will you ever see him deliberately foul someone. Football is a man's game, and DeJong plays like a man, unlike the snivelling cowards Fletcher, Evans and Scholes who commit numerous unpunished fouls, nor does he play like Roy Keane who in his own words deliberately attempts to break people's legs. Jog on you red cretin.
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03/10/2010 22:14:00

Wasn't Ben Arfa known to be a lightweight before Newcastle signed him....................
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03/10/2010 22:28:00

Only a few deluded Newcastle fans and City haters will come out of the woodwork to have a moan about the De Jong tackle. It was a fair tackle, he won the ball fair and square. The only way he could have prevented the accidental collision is to not have made the challenge.... Which was never really an option in a game of football. Ben Arfa was caught with a trailing leg - nothing malicious, and nothing De Jong could have really done to prevent it. Accidents happen, its unfortunate, but get over it.
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03/10/2010 23:26:00

Awww johnney ugly, d'you need a hug?
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